Who will cry when you’ll die? Your Facebook friends?

Social validation has always been one of the most important things in our lives but social networking sites have taken that to another level. Today we live in a world where facebook, instagram, wechat or whatsapp has become an integral parts of our lives. It is practically extremely difficult to not be connected to our friends on these social networking websites. But if you think about it, has these websites or applications really brought us together or in fact pushed us apart ?

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Social networking websites are designed in such a manner that keeps you addicted to those websites. The more time you spend on these sites, the more exposed you are to the advertisements and that’s exactly how they make money. But I want to discuss a bigger question today. Does having more likes on your picture means more people like you in the real life.

I always ask myself, how many friends I have that will turn up in the middle of the night if I need them?

Funny thing is that these friends are not people I became close on social networking sites but these are the people that I hang out with on a regular basis and those who I share part of my life with (time). Social networking websites have done an incredible job in connecting us to our friend or cousin that lives thousands of miles away but in fact these very websites take away the time that you could spend with people around you.

I am not anti-social media websites in fact I am very active on almost all major websites but I believe important part is to remind ourselves time and again that your facebook friends does not determine how many friends you have in real life and your instagram likes does not determine how many people like you in real life.

I believe the time has come where more awareness about the negatives of these social networking sites should spread and we should save the new generation from missing on the fun we had enjoyed growing up without these distractions.

Cheers

Dev

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Who will cry when you’ll die? Your Facebook friends?

  1. Hi Dev,

    Great blog. I agree social media has definitely made an impact on they way we communicate with each other our ‘friends’. In fact the definition of ‘socialise’ itself would probably vary from Gen x to Gen Z. I believe the motivation for using social media vary per user, as some users use it showcase their day to day life (or the life with wish to project) to their ‘friends’ while others simply use it as a source of entertainment to see what their ‘friends’ have posted.

    Regardless of our motivations, social media has definitely changed the way we socialise and connect with our friends. People are now sending birthday/wedding invites via Facebook events or creating a ‘groups’ on WhatsApp to interact with friends they frequently see or don’t get to see. And of-course there are those use spend so much time on social media that they end up staying out of touch with their actual friends.

    I think it all comes down to how we ‘use’ social media and ‘how much’ of it do we use that defines the quality of life and friendship we build.

    Regards,
    Sangeeta Rawat
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/sangeeta-rawat-147509100/detail/recent-activity/posts/

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    1. Hey Sangeeta,
      “I think it all comes down to how we ‘use’ social media and ‘how much’ of it do we use that defines the quality of life and friendship we build.” very well said. I suppose maybe social media is still new to this world, people are trying to overuse it and soon in coming years we will realize how important it is to may be meet someone in person and invite for wedding compared to making a facebook group or sending invitation on whatsapp.

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  2. I don’t know why I feel sad when reading your blog. Haha! Maybe because I think I have over 2.5 k friends on my Facebook but I am sure that not many of them will cry when I die :)). But the thing is I am grateful to have them in my life. They are my online friend and my customers as well (I have an online shop on my Facebook).
    I agree with you we sometimes spend too much time on Facebook, Instagram,..and forget physical connection. Don’t be too pessimistic, the new generation still has fun if they can control and balance between online and offline life.
    Cheers
    Mylittledolphin

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    1. May be you are right, we should be optimistic about the whole situation and may be look at the positives of how we are able to connect with friends who are thousands of miles away.

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  3. Hi Dev, Great post! What are some “negatives of these social networking sites” that you are referring to? Personally, I think that we spend too much time on social media – in fact, I see it in my own social media habits. In an effort to mitigate that, I’ve turned of my notifications. Do you think the obsession of social media will die down in the future?

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    1. Turning off notification is the first step. Great job Jasmine. I really think obsession of social media will die down in future. Not only people have started to realize the down side of social media but also people are talking about data privacy now.

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  4. Short and well written article ! Would be waiting for more content. Cheers.

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    1. Hey Melbourne Vibe thank you for your encouraging words.

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  5. I love the book by Robin Sharma that has a similar name. Such a great a thought, I have always been a believer of using technology only as much as you need it. “I believe the time has come where more awareness about the negatives of these social networking sites should spread and we should save the new generation from missing on the fun we had enjoyed growing up without these distractions.” Totally agreed.

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    1. So good to know you read Robin Sharma. Thank you so much on your thoughts. Glad to know that we are on the same page and you also think that today’s generation is missing out on a lot of things that we enjoyed while growing up
      Cheers

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